This episode features our Executive Producer and Host, Avhurengwi as he bids farewell to the listeners of 1000 African Voices. Tune in to hear how the podcast came about and his general views on the Podcast space on the African continent.

You can reach Avhurengwi on acnengovhela@gmail.com

After 40 months of talking to everyone from my son, Tshedza to cabinet Ministers from Tanzania to Cape Verde, world class authors and management gurus such as Tom Peters and global public speakers 1000 African Voices has recorded its last voice. It’s a sad moment but also an exciting one as it means other doors can now open.

Throughout the 40 months that the project ran, there are a few key contributors I need to thank; Cynthia Makhubele for the unwavering belief in the project, Bandile Lukhele for the energy and drive that saw us pitch the project to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Jones Maleka for the undying belief that there is still room for radio, Boitumelo Moneedi for the beautiful scripts and immaculate reports, the late Lungi Daweti, former Programme Manager for Channel Africa who said yes after we had received 21 no’s, Gcobani Schalk, a good friend who has listened to all the episodes and continued to provide guidance behind the scenes. Sam Ganich from Serbia produced over 100 of our episodes and without his service the show would not have lasted this long, Evita Situma whose idea it was in the first place for us to do the show. Debbie Williams also deserves to be thanked as does Bongani Madikila for contributing to the range of guests we have had.

Above all, thank you to our guests for being so generous with their time.

On the 18th of November 2017, after ruminating on the idea for about a month I decided to launch a Podcast. This was following a Sunday conversation with a friend who was later going to be the first guest on the show. Evita Situma, or Eve for short deserves as much credit as anyone for giving birth to the idea of creating a platform that gives Africans a different perspective on their continent. Evita grew up in Zimbabwe but has a strong heritage that stems from Kenya and Tanzania.

In 2021, there is a proliferation of podcasts from all over the world focussing on any topic imaginable. Back in 2017, although the Americans were producing a lot of content, our continent only had a handful of podcasts from which to select. Something about that wasn’t right. An African child should have access to familiar content.

In 2020, four in each 10 individuals in the continent use the internet or have access to the internet. This is in stark contrast to the 90% penetration rate in the United States of America and the European Union. This is a sad situation for the African continent but equally a significant opportunity for new African entrants. As the cost of data continues to drop and penetration increases Africans will continue to consume digital audio content.

A Thousand African Voices has tried to bring forth the voices of Africans from all walks of life. We have engaged with sportsman and women, writers, actors, public speakers, policy makers, influencers, DJs, musicians etc. Our platform has served to amplify the African voice. Our guests have allowed us to explore topics ranging from existential politics, the power of YouTube, knowing oneself, rags to riches stories and the things that make us laugh.

It took 40 months to speak to 150 influential voices across the continent and in the diaspora. A project that started with wanting to connect Africans with each other culminated in a show made in Africa, by Africans and for Africans everywhere across the globe.

Hosting this podcast has been one of my life’s proudest achievements. I have learned a lot from being on the other side of the conversation. The feeling you get when you say hello for the first time and the person on the other side says hello back is second to none. More so, when those persons are the likes of Vusi Thembekwayo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Euphonik, Tom Peters, Mark Angel, Amy Ochiel Ochieng, Robert Katende, Peral Kupe, Ntsiki Mazwai, Vinolia Mabele (Ms. United Nations), Gciniwe Fakudze, DJ Zinhle, Bonnie Mbuli, Niniola, Veda Sunassee, Carol Ndosi, Tunde Badmuss, Professor Andre Roux, Minister Elisabeth Moreno, Eddy Kenzo, Azziad Nasenya and Nelson Kwaje, it is a feeling that is hard to compare.

As we bow out as the 1000 African Voices team, I am happy that there are projects that are amplifying the work we tried to do. Mobile Journalism Africa led by Emmanuel Yegon Kenya) and his team is a great project. Although my podcast hero, Andile Masuku (Zimbabwe) of the African Tech Roundup fame has retired his podcast it is worth checking out the work they have been able to do. MacGyver Mukwevho’s Podcast and Chill project (South Africa) is set to shape how Africans produce content. On Twitter, @AfricaFactsZone (Nigeria) provides some really good and informative content.

We can choose to wait for change to happen or we can choose to be the change we want to see. Take care Africa.

Every person has a story to tell. I knew this before I started the show, I was constantly reminded of this during the 150 recordings I believe it is an adage that will continue to hold true.

Take a moment to say hello to a stranger. What you learn may surprise you.

Take care Africa.

Avhurengwi

This episode features Tsitsi Mutendi who has been successful as a Fashion Creative director - Mucha; Media Professional (Created Zimbabwe's first Glossy Women Empowerment Magazine - Jewel Magazine Zimbabwe), and Magazine Publisher/Editor-In-Chief.

She has been dubbed the Queen of Start ups. She has always enjoyed starting new entities and watching them grow and succeed. From her experiences she became the Co-Founder of African Family Firms, the biggest African Family Business Association on the globe; Owner and Administrative Director of Montessori Primary School; Business Services Consultant at Nhaka Legacy Planning, an estate planning firm helping family businesses create lasting legacies.

The most exciting thing about Tsitsi is that she does not intend to stop improving the world any time soon. Her passion for business and her passion for people continuously inspire her to keep creating. She is a leader that will never stop leading.

Linkedin: tsitsi-mutendi

Instagram: @tsitsi_mutendi

Twitter: @TsitsiMutendi

Website: www.tsitsimutendi.com

This episode features Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, a Cameroonean who is the founder and president of Young African Aviation Professional Association, a non-profit organization that creates a platform of exchange between industries stakeholders and the next generation of aviation professionals in Africa. The aim of YAAPA is to meet up with future demand of skilled workers in the industry. Her mission being to raise awareness of aviation as a potential career, particularly in those communities which may not ordinarily be exposed to aviation. As part of YAAPA’s outreach program Fadimatou introduced the Heleta Aviation Scholarship Programme to encourage underprivileged children in rural areas of Africa to consider aviation as a future career choice.

She is also CEO of HEFA Group, her aviation consultancy firm. Fadimatou is the winner of the IATA High Flyer Award 2019 and the Commonwealth Point of Light Award 2019, she was an international visitor leadership program alumnus in 2016. She has been selected for the Global leadership in international aviation.

Linkedin: fadimatou-noutchemo-simo

Facebook: @fadimatounoutchemo

Instagram: @fadimatou_noutchemo

Website:https://www.hefagroup.net/ https://www.yaapa54.org/

 

This episode features Solomon Serwanjja, an investigative reporter and anchor of the Live @9 Bulletin on NBS Television. He is also the Uganda correspondent for KTN News in Nairobi. His reporting focuses on politics, human rights and good governance. He is a well-known journalist and his passion for investigative journalism highlighted his desire to make positive change in his native Uganda.

He is a recipient of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) Award and the 2017 Bbale Francis Best Male News Anchor of the Year Award. At the United Nations, he plans to cover the global response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, the UN role in South Sudan's recovery and progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education).

He has won the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. He is impressive in, not only with his eloquence and passion for telling African stories, but also with his commitment and bravery in uncovering what's in the public interest.

Linkedin: solomon-serwanjja

Facebook: solomon-serwanjja

Twitter: @SolomonSerwanjj

Instagram: @SolomonSerwanjj

Yawa Hansen-Quao - Founder of Leading Ladies Network; African Leadership Network Member; Leadership Consultant to UN

This episode features Yawa Hansen-Quao. Born in Ghana, raised biculturaly as she grew up in the United States of America, she returned to her home country with a fire in her heart. Having fought for all things right and honourable in university she continued her fight when she finished her studies and created the Leading Ladies Network (LLN), a resource and relationship base for young women as they take leadership roles in government, civil society, corporate organizations and others.

Through its Female Leadership Advancement, Mentoring and Empowerment Series, LLN trains young women to be instruments of social change, supporting them in all areas and preparing them to be servant leaders in their chosen fields. These women carry out projects to improve their societies and are prepared to take on further leadership roles.

Yawa continues to fight because she understands what women are capable of achieving when they are taught to embrace everything that they are. She knows that the battle will continue for years to come.

 

Linkedin: yawahansen-quao

Facebook: yhansenquao

Twitter: @yawahq

Website: www.emergingpublicleaders.org

Shermaine Hombarume – Finance Officer and Amateur Cook from Zimbabwe now living in the UK

Shermaine Homabarume from Zimbabwe and now living in the UK.

Shermaine is a highly motivated and driven Finance officer with years of experience in business environments. Her confidence, tenacity has helped her build a track record for account handling and client satisfaction A broad knowledge of a wide range of financial practices, including financial assessments. When she is not worried about balancing the books, Shermaine is in the kitchen experimenting with different kinds of ingredients. 

In the episode Shermaine focuses on family, childhood memories and the role of music and love in her cooking. She takes us into the kitchen and remembers the bygone era when she was a young teenager in Harare, Zimbabwe.

This episode features Charlot Magayi, Environmentalist; Influencer; Founder of Mukuru Stoves. She was born and raised in Mukuru - one of the biggest slums in Nairobi Kenya. She grew up in a community where cooking with a lot of fuel was a norm. But when she and her own child started getting sick from the fumes that were emitted by the regular stove, she took it upon herself to improve her life, while at the same time improving the lives of all underprivileged people in Africa.

She put herself through college and used her skills to create a stove that would use less fuel, emit less fumes and reduce the likelihood of getting burnt. Having dropped out of school at 16, it took a lot of commitment and determination to even start on a journey to save the world. Mukuru Stoves have become internationally known and Charlot has won awards for her environmental awareness. Change can come from the humblest of beginnings, but strength comes from some of the harshest. Charlot has made it through both and come out on top.

Linkedin: charlotte-magayi

Instagram: @charlottemagayi

Twitter: @charlottemagayi

Website: www.mukurustoves.org

This episode features Melene Rossouw, born and raised in Cape town. She got her start as an activist early in life when she was elected into the Student Council at University. Knowing the struggles of women and girls who grew up in poverty, Melene was motivated to form and develop the Women Lead Movement, an organization whose aim is to educate, empower and inspire women to lead social change in their communities through Human Rights and Leadership training curricula.

Melene is an admitted Attorney by the High Court in South Africa; a 2018 Obama Foundation Leader: Africa; 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and an internationally recognised Gender Rights activists by ONE Global Campaign. 

She never dreamed, when she was called a backyard dweller as a child, that she should one day be recognized throughout the world as an activist, that she would make a difference, that she would actually possess powers that could change people’s lives.

Linkedin: Melene-Rossouw

Facebook: Melene-Rossouw

Twitter: @MeleneRossouw

Instagram: @MeleneRossouw

Website: www.womenleadmovement.org

This episode features Lyrical Mycheal, a vibrant young man from Uganda whose passions for the arts run deep.

From a young age he enjoyed drawing and playing football, but decided to pursue music so as to express his opinions and feelings. His music was very well received throughout Central and East Africa and he received notable awards and nominations. Lyll Mykk then decided to fortify himself and started up his acting career. Because of the fulfillment he was getting through his artistry he started the Wuluguma Art Foundation. The foundation is a charity organisation using the power of performing arts to transform the lives of gifted young people with disadvantaged backgrounds. He started a
clothing line LM Apparels. Because of his passion for fitness and athletics, he opened up a health and fitness centre called Bych Bodys and encourages the community to live healthy.

In this episode we talk about politics in #Uganda, #BobiWine, #GenMuseveni. The conversation will catch you by suprise.
Linkedin: lyrical-mycheal
Facebook: lyricalmycheal
http://www.facebook.com/Wuluguma
Instagram: @lyricalmycheal
Twitter: @lyricalmycheal

This episode features Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa - affectionately named “Mama Cancer” by her own community, she has experienced cancer on a very personal level. Shamim took her experiences as a sign and a push to help others and, hopefully, prevent them from going through what she did. 

Shamim empowered herself and, armed with the technology and information available to the current generation, she incorporated artificial intelligence into medicine. With the inventions from her company she has managed to find ways to improve the livelihood of many Africans. 

She has proven, not only to herself, but to the world that regardless of the number of punches life throws, fighting back can be beneficial to one’s personal self. She has restored hope to Uganda, her home country, and to the world and, more importantly, she has fullfilled her mother’s wish. 

Linkedin: shamim-nabuuma-kaliisa

Twitter: @NKaliisa

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